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Special consideration

Sometimes unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, a family emergency, or other situations outside of your control can get in the way of your studies. It’s totally understandable that you might struggle to complete your assessments. In case you find yourself in this situation, you can ask for an extension or special consideration:

  • If you need more time to finish an essay or assignment, speak to your course coordinator to see if it is possible to have an extension
  • If you miss an assessment or test or were unable to complete a piece of work to the best of your ability, you can apply for special consideration. This is known as a Special Consideration for Impaired Performance.

Find out what you need to do to apply for  special consideration, the application process, and timelines here>

UC has many different support serices. If you need more help or would like to talk to someone, they’re just a quick email or phone call away: 


Celebrating the end of semester? Got a party planned after exams? There are a few things you can do to look after yourself and everyone around you.

Be sure to have a ‘Good One’ by registering your party on the Good One Party Register

Hosting a party can be a bit overwhelming. Having the Police on board means they can give you a call, provide advice, help you plan and check in on the night to ensure that everyone is safe and having a good time. Find out more about how it works here.

Benefits of registering with Good One

  • Party knowing you are safe.
  • Police will get rid of any unwanted guests to keep the good times rolling.
  • Easy chats with Police as they know what’s up.

Consider your community

Be a good neighbour and don’t drop your empty bottles, put them in the bin and consider the level of noise.

Secure your things and lock up your flat

As students head away after exams there can be an increase in burglaries. Keep your valuable items hidden away (or take them with you), and double check you’ve locked your flat if you’re heading out.

Did you know there’s a permanent Alcohol Ban in Riccarton Ilam

This alcohol ban is in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A breach of the ban is an offence, and the Police will issue an infringement notice (which means an instant fine of up to $250). 

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Understand sexual consent

A person consents to sexual activity if they do it actively (enthusiastically!), freely, voluntarily, and consciously without being pressured into it. Learn more about sexual consent here>

If something has just happened on campus to you or someone you know:

  1. Get to a safe place if you are able.
  2. Call UC Security on 0800 823 637 or through one of the Help Towers (with blue lights) stationed around the campus. UC Security will take the appropriate steps to ensure your safety and access to support. UC Security are on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  3. If you don’t feel comfortable calling UC Security, consider calling someone you know and trust or the Police (dial 111) so that they can help you make the next step.

Find more information here>


Good luck for exams, enjoy your break and if you are celebrating the end of semester take care and look after your mates. See you in semester 2!


Want to learn more about the benefits of eating well?

Come to E8 at 10am on June 6 to hear how your nutrition impacts your brain during stressful times like exams and get tips on the best foods to be eating.

A PhD student at the Mental Health and Nutrition Research lab Te Puna Toiora at the University of Canterbury will talk about a series of topics covering the effect of nutrition on mental health, and what students can do to enhance their mental wellbeing during the exam period. These topics include the effect of specific foods on mental health, how nutrition affects the brain, and what foods to eat (and not to eat) during stressful times.